Girl, 8, out alone


Girl, 8, out alone

AUSTINTOWN — An 8-year-old girl was found riding her bicycle on Mahoning Avenue with no supervision as darkness was falling, township police report. Mahoning County Children Services now has custody and has placed her in foster care, said Detective Sgt. Ray Holmes. He is consulting with the prosecutor on whether there will be charges against the girl’s mother, of Rosemont Avenue.

A woman called police at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday to report that she followed the girl several blocks from Four Mile Run Road to Meridian Road, then back to S and C Auto Sales’ parking lot. When police arrived, the woman was waiting with the girl in the lot. The girl would not tell them her name or where she lived. She was taken back to the police station, where Children Services was contacted.

Holmes said it wasn’t until Thursday morning, around 7, that the girl’s mother called, frantic, to report her missing. Holmes said the mother had fallen asleep around 6 p.m. She woke up briefly at 9 p.m. and noticed an open door, but thought her older children had left it open. She assumed the girl was in her room.

Holmes said another family member came home and noticed the girl wasn’t there, but thought she was probably with her grandmother. Holmes said Children Services will continue to investigate. He said it was fortunate someone got involved.

Housing grant awarded

STRUTHERS — The city has been awarded a $600,000 grant to provide local homeowners and landlords with assistance for housing rehabilitation and down payments.

A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 in city council chambers to explain the program, requirements and application process.

Man, 31, dies in crash

WARREN — A 31-year-old Warren man was killed after he traveled through an intersection and struck a large tree.

Chris McCauley was driving a 2007 Volvo at high speed on Edgehill Avenue early Thursday when he failed to stop at the stop sign at Edgehill and Surrey Road; Warren Police Sgt. Larry Salvato said alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Motorcycle death

VIENNA — Brandon Casper, 25, of Cortland, died after he was ejected from his 2000 Yamaha motorcycle, on state Route 11 just south of state Route 82 on Wednesday morning. He crashed into the rear of a Girard woman’s Geo Tracker.

Preliminary reports said he was dead before a tractor-trailer driven by a New York man ran him over. The crash is under investigation.

Ellsworth road reopens

ELLSWORTH — U.S. Route 224 between state Routes 45 and 534 is open, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced Thursday. It had been closed since July 9 for a culvert replacement.

Woman wins $110,000

YOUNGSTOWN — Ann Halaparda of Youngstown won $110,000 for matching all five numbers in the Aug. 2 Rolling Cash 5 game. She filed a claim in the Youngstown regional office Tuesday.

After mandatory federal and state taxes totaling 31 percent, Halaparda will receive $75,900. The winning numbers were 4-5-19-21-30. Nemenz IGA Supercenter at 655 Creed Street in Struthers receives $500 for selling the winning ticket.

Cause of accident

YOUNGSTOWN — Speed and unfamiliarity with the road likely caused the death of Joseph Babik, 38, of Inverness Avenue, said Detective Sgt. Patricia Garcar, a traffic investigator.

Babik was traveling westbound on Rayen Avenue around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday when he drove his vehicle into a parking lot at Belmont Avenue where it struck a tree, Garcar said. The impact flipped his vehicle and caught it on fire, she said.

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